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Cloud computing - Moving IT out of the office by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT

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1 WHAT IS CLOUD COMPUTING?

An extract from a chapter in A Manager’s Guide to IT Law by Stuart Smith, a solicitor in the Information Technology Team of Bond Pearce.

Cloud computing is best described as ‘a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources […] that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction’. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Cloud computing consists of three different types of service provision. In each case the services are hosted remotely and accessed over a network (usually the internet) through a customer’s web browser, rather than being installed locally on a customer’s computer. ...

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